April 19/1993 Black Crowes/Izzy Stradlin (MIA) &The Ju Ju Hounds
So it’s April of 93 and well whoever the promoter was here in Tbay scored when they brought the Crowes into the ol Gardens on their Southern Harmony And Musical Companion tour! The Crowes must have been out on the road forever by the time they reached Tbay. Myself , TBone and my younger Brother Todd were actually surprised that these guys were playing here when they were still current. Usually Thunder Bay gets acts once there past there primes in other words the Nostalgia acts. But here they are with a number 1 album in North America and umm their playing here?? Chalk one up for Tbay Mr Ladano !
So the day of the show we only found out that it was Izzy Stradlin and his Hounds that were gonna be opening we were pumped I mean we all had his first solo album that had Shuffle It All,Pressure Drop, and we all the dug the Stonesy feel to it. Well come show time out comes the Ju Ju Hounds with Rick Richards(Georgia Satallites) on guitar,Doni Gray on drums and Jimmy Ashurst on bass. (Ashurst looked like he was gonna toss his cookies the whole set but he kept his shit together ) so the Ju Ju’s launch into an opening jam number,cool their gonna do a few minutes jam and Izzy will stroll out. Ok now minutes into the show Richards begins the second song with some with some cool slide and vocal and now he’s singing! Shit man where’s Izzy….well there was no Izzy he was totally MIA ..that’s missing in action in Tbay no less! Total bummer as The Ju Ju’s kept rolling out what I think were cover tunes and Richards kept looking at his watch to see how much time they had left to play! (Classic ,they must have thrown together a set list at the last-minute)They were tight musically some good guitar chops but man oh man…..ahhh well what can ya do?
Now the Crowes come with a pretty funky cool looking stage complete with a huge net that hold most of their lights a real cool original idea(see the vid above) and there storming right into No Speak No Slave…holy crap the first thing I realize other than Chris Robinson bouncing around is actually how skinny he is! Toothpick fella But he gives her man,just jamming out and hey were into Thick N Thin.They play the staples Sting Me,Jealous Again,She Talks To Angels,Black Moon Creeping,Sister Luck,Stare It Cold,Three Little Birds,Hard To Handle,My Morning Song. They came back out for an encore which consisted of Sometimes Salvation and lemme tell ya that solo that Marc Ford peels off in that song just rips off my head off every time I hear it. Than it’s into Remedy. I think the two songs that they played in the encore lasted about a half an hour! Hey! What’s the hurry folks..I thought that’s what I heard Chris say to the crowd….
Now the band was rock solid but man were they gone….I just remember Rich Robinson staring straight ahead into a white spotlight in the back of the Gardens. He just stared and strummed for about 10 minutes..hahaha..I kept looking behind me to see what he was seeing but ummm I just saw a white spotlight..hahaha..dudes rhythm guitar work was flawless though. Steve Gorman looked like he could be a high school teacher but shit man he pounded those skins!
Great, great show……not too many shows I have seen in Tbay with a current number one selling rock album…thanks Crowes for showing up! Izzy,where you even here??